Blogging Insights #29
The Remarkable Art of Remarking!
When I first launched my blog, I didn’t really expect anyone other than my mother and a couple of friends to read my posts. Imagine my surprise when I got several favourable comments on my first few posts. I was over the moon; not only had peple read what I had written but they had actually left feedback. Ever since, the comments section is one of my favourite parts of my own and others’ blogs.
How important is the comments section to your blog?
The comment section is l believe of all the statistics we have the most integral one – LIKES are nice but they are not words and the problem with LIKES is anyone and their cat can simply LIKE a post … the LIKE Button in WordPress alone is one of the most abused buttons of them all l think … it is just too convenient to hit like.
Don’t get me wrong there are times when there are posts that are not able to be commented on by readers due to the content or the structure … but equally and we ARE all victim to it … equally many readers just mass LIKE and because of this l tend to ignore the LIKES on my posts. I do however pay attention to the comments – COMMENTS are REAL people speaking to you.
I don’t misuse the LIKE button – l only tend to LIKE what l actually LIKE and that comes about after reading it and where l can, l try and comment. Readers who comment want to interact and engage with you – they have read what you have taken the time to write in the first place.
Now as said NOT all posts can be commented or remarked on and then LIKES are an acknowledgement to you, the writer. When l see more LIKES than comments by singular users l always think of some corny line from a Vietnam movie like … “Hey you , yeah you, $5 me LIKE you loooong time!” Then l laugh … so next time you just hit LIKE 25 times on some of my posts know that is what l am thinking about you … but if you take the time to stop and comment – you might actually LIKE to do that more … it’s way more entertaining and friendly and l appreciate it more.
Do you read the comments on other people’s blogs/posts?
Where l can yes l do, sometimes they are witty and comical and other times they are informative – however it’s only if l have the time to do that. If l am pushed for time then instead of reading additional comments l leave my own comment only.
Spam comments and spammers : we all hate them. How do you identify spam comments?
I don’t actually get them anymore – l am using the old style WordPress and so my comments directory reads as ALL, Pending, Approved and Spam and of course TRASH. Prior to upgrading from my Premium plan to my eCommerce plan l was getting close onto 1000 spam comments a day – with the upgrade and some excellent advice from Renard Moreau about restricting the ‘commenting time’ on posts l went down to 0 spam.
Automatically close comments on articles older than 14 Days
Prior to Renard’s comment [which by the way he made to another reader and l saw through reading others comments] l had my ability to comment open to readers set to 30 days or something – this is an open invitation to bots – after reading that l reduced the commenting time to 14 days only – which is even a shorter window to Renard who has his set to 21 days. But l found that by performing this spam botters and auto bots were instantly reduced to nothing. Additionally the eCommerce plan has a configuration that stops bots. The two combined means l rarely see spam now and it’s seriously rare and when l do see it – it is an oversurplus from genuine readers/commenters.
Examples are Jan – June 2019 Premium Plan WordPress spam comments were peaking at 1000 a day. Ecommerce plan purchased late June 2019 and reducing commenting timedown to readers July 2019 – May 2020 – 15 comments retrieved [TOTAL in 10 months] from spam belonging to genuine readers. That’s it …. l don’t get spam anything anymore.
My advice would be to restrict the commenting time down to either 21 or 14 days. If people really wanted to comment on an older post they could do so on a newer post and archive link the older post itself.
Have you ever “approved” negative comments?
Yes, l do – the only time l wouldn’t is if it was vile and if it was likely to cause offence to other readers. We still have a responsibility to our readerships and they don’t need to be offended by others words. I don’t tend to get many truly negative comments but l have received some disturbing emails.
Thanks for reading everyone and my thanks to Dr Tanya for the question.